Sporting Events of the Week

By Martin Green19 May 2019
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Sporting Events of the Week

Premier League darts semi-finals

Just four men remain standing after a thrilling final night of Premier League darts regular season action and we now move into the semi-finals on Thursday. Daryl Gurney beat Michael Smith 8-3 and that saw him finish ahead of Gerwyn Price and Mensur Suljovic. His first ever semi-final appearance sees him take on world number one Michael van Gerwen, who swept Suljovic aside to finish top of the standings once again. Rob Cross missed the chance to finish top of the pile after losing 8-6 to James Wade on the final night, and now those men will face off again in Thursday’s semi-finals. That could give Wade, a former Premier League champion, a psychological advantage heading into the match and he looks well priced at 7/5 with Boyle Sports to win it. Cross is the 4/6 favourite and he has been heavily backed to turn the tables on Wade. Van Gerwen is best priced at just 2/9 to beat Gurney and it is hard to see anything but an emphatic win for the Green Machine.

Cup Finals

Man City became the first English team to secure a domestic treble when they beat Watford 6-0 last weekend. North of the border, Celtic are now bidding to secure a third consecutive domestic treble by winning the Scottish Cup final. They take on an underwhelming Hearts side and Celtic to win and under 4.5 goals looks good at 3/4 with Betway. The German cup final looks like a much more intriguing battle between the country’s two form teams. Bayern Munich thrashed Eintracht Frankfurt at the weekend to secure a seventh successive Bundesliga title, while RB Leipzig finished third after a 2-1 defeat to Werder Bremen. However, they were on an exceptionally long unbeaten streak before that, while Bayern have not lost domestically in months. It finished 0-0 when these teams met earlier this month and this one looks like it could be tight, with Bet Victor offering 7/2 on the draw in 90 minutes.

In Spain, Barcelona will face Valencia in the Copa del Rey. Lionel Messi and co were embarrassed at Anfield in the Champions League, but they have been streets ahead of their domestic rivals this season. They wrapped up the title with several games to spare and they should be able to double up with a cup win. Both meetings between these teams finished all square this season, but Valencia’s limitations were exposed as they lost home and away against Arsenal in the Europa League and Barca have enough firepower to topple them this time. Bet365 has 17/20 on Barcelona -1 Asian handicap.

Premiership semi-finals

Saracens produced a strong performance to become champions of Europe last week and now they will bid for the domestic crown too. They finished second in the regular season standings and that means they have to take on third placed Gloucester in the semis on Saturday. Exeter’s reward for finishing top is a clash with fourth placed Northampton. Saracens and Exeter, the two dominant forces in English rugby, are firmly expected to surge through to the finals and battle it out for glory.

Monaco Grand Prix

Mercedes’ stranglehold on the F1 season shows no signs of relenting in Monaco this weekend. They have clinched victory in all five races so far this season, with Lewis Hamilton winning three and teammate Valtteri Bottas securing the other two. Nobody else can get close to the German team, and these teammates will simply engage in a private battle for the Drivers’ Championship. Hamilton seized the upper hand by passing Bottas and cruising to victory in Barcelona last time out. He is well priced at 13/10 with Unibet to win the Monaco Grand Prix.